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Free books for 4-year-olds during Week of the Young Child

This week libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every 4-year-old in the state in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

Statewide, more than 70,000 copies of “Maybe a Bear Ate It” will be distributed to children across Colorado at local library events. The book is available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs.

“Maybe a Bear Ate It,” by award-winning author Robie Harris, is an easy-reader children’s picturebook about a young critter upset because he loses his book just before bedtime.

Come by the Sisson Library from April 23– 27 or attend any program and pick up this book for your four-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring your 4-year-old to pick up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at the library almost any day of the week.

Free books also will be distributed at the Kids’ Fair at Our Savior Lutheran Preschool this Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for an Early Literacy Open House next Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Young children and their parents or caregivers are invited to check out our new early literacy activities in the meeting room. These activities are designed so that young children will have fun while developing their pre-reading skills. Drop in and enjoy an activity or two. Cookies will be served.

Crafts for kids

“Art Attack,” a free hands-on crafts program for kids in first-third grades, takes place tomorrow (Friday, April 20) from 2– 3:15 p.m. at the library.

Free adult events

“Tech Tuesday” takes place from 10 a.m.-noon on April 24. Cody Yantis, our new technology services librarian, will teach these sessions. There are two more computer sessions to hone your technology skills “Microsoft Word Basics” is this evening (Thursday, April 19) from 5–7 p.m. –“Email Basics” is Thursday, April 26, from 1–3 p.m.

There are two more Lifelong Learning lectures. “What IS a Healthy Diet?’ is a two-part session Thursday, April 26, and Thursday, May 3, from 4–7 p.m. Local nutritionist Zoe Groulx will show you how to improve your diet by the food you eat and its preparation.

There also is a movie — “North by Northwest” starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason, on April 27 at 1 p.m.


If you are not aware of how to access the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please go to or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

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“The Shadow Patrol” by Alex Berenson is a thriller set in the CIA’s Kabul station in Afghanistan. “The Thief” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series. “Sonoma Rose” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilts mystery series. “The House I Loved” by Tatiana de Rosnay is a historical mystery set in Paris during Emperor Napoleon III’s time.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin’s Legacy” by Elizabeth Moon is the third installment of the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. “Born to Darkness” by Suzanne Brockmann follows a former Navy SEAL who finds work in the Obermeyer Institute, where scientists can access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results.

Other new novels

“Mudwoman” by Joyce Carol Oates chronicles the life and career choices of the first female president of a lauded Ivy League university. “The Dog Who Danced” by Susan Wilson is an amazing love story between a woman and her dog. “Another Piece of my Heart” by Jane Green explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family. “The Book of Jonas” by Stephen Dau follows a 15-year-old boy who comes to America after his family is killed by an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East. “Edge of Dark Water” by Joe R. Lansdale tells of a young girl’s friends who are determined to take her ashes to Hollywood.

Books on CD and MP3

We have five new books on CD. “Stories from the Golden Age” by L. Ron Hubbard is volume 10 of the works of this science fiction and fantasy writer who founded the Church of Scientology. “Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the thriller series featuring Paul Janson. “Lover Reborn” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire warrior series. “The Thief” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series. “The Leopard” by Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery story set in Oslo. We also have “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection,” the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery series by Alexander McCall Smith, on MP3.


“The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook/second edition” provides 200 recipes that are as satisfying as they are good for you. “How to Cook Everything: The Basics” by Mark Bittman is written for true beginners and perennial students. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier” by Ree Drummond offers simple recipes for kids and families and elegant offerings for special occasions. “Cupcake Cakes” by Danielle Levy shows you how to make giant cupcakes for parties, holidays and other special events.

Other nonfiction

“The American Way of Eating” by award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan chronicles her undercover work examining how working poor Americans buy food and eat when price matters — at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s and the dinner table. “The End of Illness” by Dr. David B. Agus, a cancer specialist, shows us how to live a long, vigorous life. “The Roof at the Bottom of the World” by Edmund Stump tells of the Transanarctic Mountains, the most remote mountain belt on Earth. “Shiloh 1862” by Winston Groom is a vivid account of the battle costing 24,000 lives, more casualties in a single day than from all previous U.S. wars combined. “Herb Gardening from the Ground Up” by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan tells everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs. “Motorcycling Colorado” by Steve Farson describes all the best roads, rides and tips for trips in our state.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Nancy Ford, Joe and Sue Granias, Helen Huff and Nick Karas.

Quotable quote

“It’s not good enough that we do our best. Sometimes we have to do what is required.” — Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister, World War II leader, writer and orator.


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